Assistant Professor, Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 2008-

Preceptor, Expository Writing Program, Harvard University, 2004-2006.

Assistant Professor, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, 2000 to 2003.

Junior Lecturer and Assistant Professor, English Department, Eötvös Loránd University Teacher Training College, Budapest, 1990-2000.

Academic Writing Instructor, Central European University, Budapest, 1999-2000.

Teaching Assistant, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 1995-1999.

ESL Teacher, Lingua School of English, Budapest, 1985 to 1991.


Ph.D., Literatures in English, Rutgers University, 1999.

Dissertation: "Ethical Diversions: The Post-Holocaust Narratives of Pynchon, Abish, DeLillo, and Spiegelman." (Directed by Derek Attridge)

M.A., Literatures in English, Rutgers University, 1996.

M.A. (equivalent) with high distinction, English, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), 1990.

M.A. (equivalent) with high distinction, Scandinavian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), 1990.

Selected Publications

// Book //

Ethical Diversions: The Post-Holocaust Narratives of Pynchon, Abish, DeLillo, and Spiegelman. New York: Routledge, 2013; 2005.


// Articles, book chapters //

"Mediating distant violence: reports on non-photographic reporting in The Fixer and The Photographer" Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 6: Paper 10.1080/21504857.2015.1027943. 16 p. (2015) Abstract free, article currently open-access) Author's Accepted Manuscript (self-archived open-access pdf).

" A Language of Scratches and Stitches: The Graphic Novel between Hyperreading and Print." Critical Inquiry, , Vol. 40, No. 3, Comics & Media, edited by Hillary Chute and Patrick Jagoda (Spring 2014), pp. 169-181. (Jstor stable URL:

"Embodied Reading: The Graphic Novel, Perception, and Memory. " The International Journal of the Humanities , 11:(1) pp. 1-11. (2013).

"King Kongtól Rilkéig - Totalitás és nomadológia a Súlyszivárványban." Jelenkor, 2010/3. 345-349.

"D.e.: Olvastam a Sándor Mátyást. Késobb a rádiót hallgattam": az '56-os gyereknaplók médiumai" Kultpontok: Emlékezethelyek a magyar populáris kultúrában, Dunai Tamás, Oláh Szabolcs, Sebestyén Attila (szerk.), Debrecen: Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó, 2012. pp. 73-86.

"Kozmikus léhaságok, avagy hogyan vegyítsünk elegánsan filozófiát vasáruval." Revizor, 2009/5.

"Látástól vakulásig: a holokauszt és szeptember 11. vizuális reprezentációja." Az eltûnt hiány nyomában: az emlékezés formái. Eds. Eszter Gantner and Péter Réti. Budapest: Nyitott Könyvmûhely, 2009.

"Trauma and Visuality: Art Spiegelman's Comic Books about the Holocaust and 9/11." Representations 97 (2007): 57-89.

"Kép, képtelenség és trauma: a Maustól a World Trade Centerig." Beszélõ. May 2005.

"Láthatatlanná tett képek Art Spiegelman holokauszt-képregényében." [Invisible Images in Art Spiegelman's Holocaust Comic Book.] Enigma. 11:42 (2005): 69-81.

"Emlékmû: mártírium vagy dialógus?" [Monuments: martyrdom or dialogue?] Interview with James E. Young. Mûértõ. 7:6 (2004): 8.

"Werebeavers of the World, Unite? Animals on the Verge of Readability in Thomas Pynchon's Novels." Animal Magic: Essays on Animals in the American Imagination. Ed. Jopi Nyman and Carol Smith. University of Joensuu Studies in Literature and Culture. Joensuu, 2004. 96-111.

"Curious Creatures in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and Mason & Dixon." "Nature's Nation" Revisited: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder to Ecological Crisis. Eds. Hans Bak and Walter W. Hölbling. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2003. 427-436.

"Swallowed Futures, Indigestible Pasts: Post-apocalyptic narratives of rights in Kleist and Doctorow." Comparative American Studies 1:3 (2003): 327-350.

"Mauschwitz: An Aesthetics and Ethics of Hybridity in Art Spiegelman's Comic Book Maus." CROSSOVER: Ethnicity, gender, and ethics in literary and visual worlds. Ed. Therese Steffen. Tübingen: Stauffenburg Discussions, 2000. 61-72.

"A tûzzel játszani: a holocaust mint játék és botrány." [Playing with Fire: The Holocaust as Play and Scandal] Café Babel, 1999:2. 59-69. Special issue on Fire.

"Tactics of the Self in Gravity's Rainbow: An Ethical Investigation." HUSSE Papers 1995: Proceedings of the Second Conference of the Hungarian Society for the Study of English. Ed. György Novák. Szeged: József Attila University, 1995. 135-141.

"Haladó nácizmus heti három órában" - egy amerikai regény morális emlékezete." ["'Advanced Nazism three hours a week'-the moral memory of an American novel"] HOLMI, 1995:3. 420-424.

"Mauschwitz, avagy a hibrid esztétikája." [Mauschwitz or the Aesthetics of the Hybrid] Café Babel, 1995:3, 23-32.

"Domestic Guilt, or the Use of History in DeLillo's White Noise." Values in American Society. Ed. Tibor Frank. Budapest: Eötvös Loránd University, 1995. 219-227.

"Dominant and Submerged Discourses in The Life of Olaudah Equiano (Gustavus Vassa?)" African American Review 1993 Winter, 27:4, 655-664.


// educational //

Writing with Internet Sources: A Guide for Harvard Students. Harvard University, 2006. Co-author.


// academic and literary translations //

Zsófia Bán, „A box of photos (Captions on the back)”, Eurozine,

Donald Barthelme, A halott apa [The Dead Father.] Budapest: Scolar, 2008.

János Sturcz. The Deconstruction of the Heroic Ego: The Artist’s Body as Metaphor in Hungarian Art from the Mid-80’s to the Present. Hungarian University of Fine Arts, 2006.

Nicholas Mirzoeff. "A vakság kánonja." [The Canon of Blindness. Excerpt from Bodyscape: Art, Modernity, and the Ideal Figure.] Enigma. 11:41 (2004): 31-47.

E. M. Forster. "Arthur Snatchfold." 2ooo, 2000:11.

Sarah Kane. Sóvárgás. [Trans. of Crave.] Translated for the International Contemporary Drama Festival, Budapest, 1999.

Katalin S. Nagy. István Farkas. Budapest: Arthis Foundation, 1999.

Donald Barthelme. "Kézikönyv fiúgyermekek számára." [Trans. of "Manual for Sons."] HOLMI, 1998:10. 1445-1458.

Richard Ruland and Malcolm Bradbury. Az amerikai irodalom története. [Trans. of From Puritanism to Postmodernism.] Budapest: Corvina, 1997. With other translators.

Donald Barthelme. "Eugénie Grandet." Magyar Napló, 1996:9. 28-30.

Donald Barthelme. "Semmi: készül a leltár." [Trans. of "Nothing: A Preliminary Account."] 2ooo, 1995:6. 34.

Donald Barthelme. "Az iskola." [Trans. of "The School."] 2ooo, 1991:9. 47.

// Journalism //

"Végzetes vakság és talajgyökér." Élet és Irodalom. 48:17. (2004).

"Déltengeri karanténbungaló kiadó, igényesnek." Antenna. 1:2 (2003).

"Transznemûség, transzszexualitás – (a nemi határõrség akcióba lép)." Antenna. 1:4 (2003).



Selected Talks

"Monuments and Bulldozers: Social Memory in Celestial Harmonies and The Dead Father," MLA 2012, session on Intercultural Memory and Hungarian Literature, Seattle, January 2012.

"The Place of the Graphic Novel in (American) Literature," American ImageText, American Studies Department, University of East Anglia, Norwich, June 2011.

"Best Before Oblivion: Delayed memories and instant memorialization," Waiting Time, NYU, New York, April 2009.

“Exile as Cultural Displacement: Internal Exile and Adopted Literary Homeland in the Case of Péter Nádas and W. G. Sebald.” (Co-presented with Zsófia Bán.) Between Home and Host Cultures: Twentieth-Century East European Writers in Exile . Pasts, Inc. Institute for Historical Studies, Central-European University , and Collegium Budapest , Institute for Advanced Study. 2006.

“Test és emlékezet” [Embodiment and Memory]. Lecture and seminar. In Search of Lost Absence lecture series. Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, E ötvös Loránd University , Budapest . 2006.

"Trauma and Visuality: Art Spiegelman's Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers." Humanities Center (Literature, Politics, and the Arts), Harvard University. 2005.

"Maus - képregény a holokausztról." Book launch of the Hungarian translation of Art Spiegelman's Maus. Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center, 2005.

"Seeing or Seeing Through the Image: The Metaphor of the Mask in Art Spiegelman's Maus" (presentation); session moderator. Holocaust - Memory - Visuality. International Symposium, AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Hungarian Section and the Goethe-Institut Budapest. Budapest, 2004.

"Michael Kohlhaas Goes to America: A Narrative of Human Rights." The United Nations Of/In Europe: Nationhood, Citizenship, Culture, Biennial conference of the European Association for American Studies, Bordeaux, 2002.

"Curious Creatures in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow and Mason & Dixon." 'Nature's Nation' Revisited: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder to Ecological Crisis, Biennial conference of the European Association for American Studies, Graz, 2000.

"Mauschwitz: An Aesthetics and Ethics of Hybridity in Art Spiegelman's Comic Book Maus." Hybrid texts: Ethnicity, gender, and ethics in literary and visual worlds, international conference, Basel, 1998.

"'The Rest is Foreplay': The Staging of Death and Ethical Engagement in Gravity's Rainbow." Ceremonies and Spectacles: America and the Staging of Collective Identities, Biennial conference of the European Association for American Studies, Lisbon, 1998.

"Mauschwitz: Alterity and Memory." Ethics After the Holocaust, international conference on Emmanuel Levinas, Oregon Humanities Center, 1996.

Construction of Memory Under Historical Contingency, Standing Seminar co-organized by the Central European University, the riedrich Naumann Stiftung, and Institute for Advanced Study (Budapest), 1993, participant.

"Andalusia in the Month of May: On the Rhetoric of Sameness and Difference in Columbus' Diario." Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies, Norman, Oklahoma, 1993.


Academic Honours & Awards

  • 2008 Max Nänny Prize for best article in Word and Image Studies awarded by IAWIS (International Association of Word and Image Studies), honorary mention awarded for the article “Trauma and Visuality: Art Spiegelman’s Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers” (published in Representations 97, 2007), 2008.
  • Gordon Gray Writing Grant, Harvard University, 2006.
  • Faculty Research Grant, National University of Singapore, 2002.
  • Department nominee for CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, 1999.
  • Marion Johnson Fellowship, Rutgers, 1992.
  • Post-Graduate Fellowship for study at Rutgers University, Soros Foundation, 1991.
  • M.A. awarded with high distinction. English and Scandinavian Studies. Eötvös Loránd University. 1990.
  • Fellowship, The Swedish Institute, Stockholm, 1986.
  • National Competition for Secondary Schools (Hungary), winner in English, 3rd place in Russian, 1984.

Other Professional Activities

Member in the following associations:
  • Modern Language Association
  • European Association for American Studies
  • European Society for the Study of English
  • Hungarian Society for the Study of English

Consulting, translation, editing and interpreting for various institutions and events including the following:

  • Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center
  • European Theatre Festival, Association of European Theatres
  • The Royal Dramatic Theater, Stockholm
  • Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
  • Center for Contemporary Art, Soros Foundation
  • Polyphony Festival of Contemporary Art, Budapest
  • Budapest Palace of Art
  • The Hungarian Art Connoisseur
  • The British Council
  • New Hungarian Quarterly
  • Eurofilm Studio
  • Sundance Scriptwriting Workshop
  • Hungarian Film Week, Budapest (annual)
  • The International Merlin Theatre, Budapest
  • Literary translations (see above)

Publications about me

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